These artisan sausages are the best for grilling this summer

These artisan sausages are the best for grilling this summer
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As the dog days of summer come to a close, we wanted to make sure we woke you up with some of our favourite sausage. While burgers get a lot of attention here, we're definitely fans of steak around here, but we also enjoy a good char on high-quality encased meat cooked over a hot grill.

The good news is that there are plenty of great sausages on the market right now, especially from chefs who have taken advantage of the pandemic to create new sausages and make their already excellent links more accessible to a wider audience, so there are plenty of great options out there right now. If you are planning your next cookout, you should make sure you include any one of these sausages on the menu.

Underbelly by Chris Shepherd Smoked Pork and Bacon Sausages

Chef Chris Shepherd of Houston has developed a line of sausages that will answer the age-old question of "how can my sausage taste like bacon, too?" He is working with Belville Meat Market to make cured pork bellies that will then be ground up, stuffed into casings and smoked. The sausages are made with cured pork bellies that are then ground up, stuffed and smoked. The links are not only salty, but they also have a really strong smoky flavor, which means that even if you're not grilling, you still get that hit of smoke with the link. First available at a Houston-based supermarket chain, HEB, the packages are now being shipped nationwide through Goldbelly as well.

Seemore Meats and Veggies Loaded Baked Potato Sausages

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She comes from a long line of butchers and has been a butcher for four generations. As the fourth generation to take on this profession, Cara Nicoletti is striving to get people to eat less meat. It isn’t quite the kind of sales pitch that we would want when considering a butcher. It is true that she isn’t taking away meat by replacing it with cheap filler; rather, she is finding innovative ways to add flavor to the food in an interesting way. There are many items to choose from, such as her Loaded Baked Potato Sausage that combines pork with potatoes, cheddar, bacon bits, chives, and bacon bits. For those unable to choose between the flavors, there is always the variety pack, which combines pork with beets, garlic and fennel to create a pork sausage filled with beets, garlic, and fennel.

True Story Foods Parmesan, Shiitake and Truffle Kurobuta Pork Sausages

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As part of this recipe, you will find a tender, delicious, umami-packed sausage made with Kurobuta pork, a high-quality breed of pork originally originating in Japan with excellent marbling that was used to produce these sausages. Russ Kremer, the farmer who raises the antibiotic-free pigs on his small family farm in the Missouri Ozarks, provides the meat for this product. In addition to these sausages, you can choose from a number of other flavors, including Chile Relleno, and Sherry and Shallot, which are all versatile enough to be used in a variety of ways in your cooking. In particular, we love the taste of this grilled meat sandwich nestled in a bun, topped with a nice brown mustard that cuts through the earthy flavor of the grilled meat sandwich.

Hebert’s Specialty Meats Boudin and Sausage Sampler

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In the early 1980s, the mad geniuses behind the turducken in Louisiana had a few more secrets to share. Hebert's is a Cajun specialty establishment located in Maurice, just south of Lafayette, serving up Cajun classics such as gumbo, étouffée, and of course, the signature pork and rice sausage boudin. Also included in this sampler is a seafood boudin stuffed with shrimp, crab, and crawfish, as well as pork and beef sausages with green onions along with an alligator and pork link, as well as a fresh alligator and pork link. Alternatively, you may also choose to choose the sausages that they create with their own seasoning blend and ribeye steak instead if alligator isn't quite your cup of tea.

Bludso’s Hot Links

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The eponymous barbecue joint owned by Kevin Bludso in Compton has been serving up some of the best barbecue in the city for more than a decade now. As a native of the Corsicana, Bludso specializes in Texas-style BBQ, which made him an integral part of Jonathan Gold's annual list of the 101 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles. The pitmaster has also appeared on Netflix's show The American Barbecue Showdown, and many people may recognize him from there. The original location is closed but you can still get your fix via Goldbelly of his brisket, ribs and, for our purposes, his all-beef hotlinks that are a cinch to finish on the grill.

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